Welcome to BOOK CLUB, a joint venture between me and Jen from Devourer of Books. Today we are discussing Gods and Beasts by Denise Mina, published by Reagan Arthur Books. It’s the final book in our exploration of Alex Morrow and “tartan noir”.
From The Publisher: It’s the week before Christmas when a lone robber bursts into a busy Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47. An elderly man suddenly hands his young grandson to a stranger and wordlessly helps the gunman fill bags with cash, then carries them to the door. He opens the door and bows his head; the robber fires off the AK-47, tearing the grandfather in two.
DS Alex Morrow arrives on the scene and finds that the alarm system had been disabled before the robbery. Yet upon investigation, none of the employees can be linked to the gunman. And the grandfather-a life-long campaigner for social justice-is above reproach. As Morrow searches for the killer, she discovers a hidden, sinister political network. Soon it is chillingly clear: no corner of the city is safe, and her involvement will go deeper than she could ever have imagined.
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- What were your general impressions of the book, and how did your thoughts and opinions evolve as the story unfolded?
- We’ve now followed Alex over the course of three novels. How did your thoughts about her change over the course of the series? Were your expectations justified? Were there other things you wanted for this character?
- After reading these novels over the course of the summer what do you think of Mina’s writing and choice of topics? What kind of picture do you get of Scotland, their police force and women in that industry?I think all of us have been interested in her relationship with Danny. Their background and upbringing have led them down different paths, and their relationship has been tenuous at best. What did you think of the latest developments? Were you surprised?
- Mina and Morrow explore different types of crimes and family dynamics in each novel, which of the stories resonated the most with you? How would you compare Scottish and
- What’s next for Alex? Is this a series you will continue to read?
12 copies of Gods and Beasts were provided by Reagan Arthur Books in order to facilitate this discussion. Thank you so much!